INDIANAPOLIS -- Deny, deny.
The Rams said that they haven't spoken to the Eagles about a possible trade involving quarterback Michael Vick, despite reports to the contrary.
"I have not had any conversations with the Philadelphia people about Michael Vick," Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo said today at the NFL scouting combine. "Zero."
Spaguolo, a former Eagles assistant, reiterated comments made a day earlier by Rams general manager Billy Devaney.
"We haven't talked to the Eagles about any of their players," Devaney said. "This has come up a lot in St. Louis, and I have to stick to it. I can no more talk about Mike Vick than I can about Drew Brees or Tom Brady. He's a member of the Eagles. And he's under contract with the Eagles. But I can tell you this: We have not talked to any of their guys."
The Rams have been tagged as the most likely landing spot for Vick. Buffalo has also been mentioned as a possible player in acquiring the quarterback, but the Bills have also denied having any talks with the Eagles.
The Rams have the No. 1 overall pick in the upcoming draft, so what they do as far as their quarterback situation goes could depend on if they decide to expend their top pick on a quarterback. Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford is considered the top quarterback prospect in this class. But there are questions about his shoulder. Jimmy Clausen is also rated very high, but there are maturity questions about the Notre Dame junior.
And then, of course, there are two very defensive tackles that could go No. 1 -- Nebraska's Ndamukong Suh and Oklahoma's Gerald McCoy.
There was a report from ESPN's Adam Schefter that the Rams were taking Bradford, but Devaney poked fun at that report on Friday, saying, "That took a lot of pressure off us right away because when Dr. Schefter cleared him medically, we feel really good about the health status of Sam Bradford now with Dr. Schefter giving him a clean bill of health and guaranteeing our pick. So we're on to the second round right now."
Some believe that the Rams will take a quarterback -- at No. 1 or if they trade down -- but deal for a veteran to hold over the fort until the rookie is ready to step in. Vick would generate some excitement (and some ire) for a franchise that has been down for some time.
Spagnuolo likes the position -- aside from coming off last season with the worst record in the NFL -- he finds himself in.
"There's a bunch of good quarterbacks out there," Spagnuolo said. "The nice thing about being in this position is there are a lot of options. I think the league feels like -- the powers-that-be, the experts -- there are some legitimate choices there in trade situations. So that's a good thing. You'd hate to be sitting there when everybody's saying there's a lot of question marks as to who could be picked as the first pick."
Some thought that Arizona would be interested in trading for Donovan McNabb considering the Eagles surplus of quarterbacks, but the Cardinals made it fairly clear today that Matt Leinert will get the chance to succeed the recently retired Kurt Warner.
Still, Cards GM Rod Graves and Cards coach Ken Whisenhunt hope to bring in another quarterback that would at the very least push the former USC quarterback.
"We'll see what's available out there," Whisenhunt said. "I wouldn't rule out bringing in a young guy to compete or a veteran guy that could come in and compete for that spot. ... We've had competition at every spot and that's what's made us better and that's what we'll continue to do. I don't think Matt's scared of that."